Toasting and Grinding Corn Flour


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Appears in

The Ghana Cookbook

By Fran Osseo-Asare and Barbara Baëta

Published 2015

  • About

Toasted corn flour is a key ingredient in several Ghanaian classics. While it is easy to buy this corn flour in Ghana, those of us outside Ghana may need to make our own unless we have access to an international or online market where it is sold. One solution is to simply toast cornmeal in a dry frying pan, but I prefer this “make-do” version. This produces a toasted corn that is still not quite as fine as Ghana’s, but quite acceptable.


  • 1 cup white popcorn kernels



  1. Preheat a heavy skillet over medium heat. Toast the popcorn on medium heat, shaking it constantly for about 6 minutes, or until just before the kernels pop.
  2. Quickly pour the kernels onto a cool plate so that they do not continue to heat and pop.
  3. Grind the kernels in a coffee grinder, straining them through a fine tea strainer and regrinding the chaff until getting the amount needed.